Patriot League Women's Basketball Recap - 11.25.12

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Alex Smith scored 20 points, and hit a big 3-pointer late that led Holy Cross to a win Sunday at UMass.
Alex Smith scored 20 points, and hit a big 3-pointer late that led Holy Cross to a win Sunday at UMass.

Nov. 25, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - In one of the best overall days for Patriot League women's basketball this season, League teams combined for a 3-1 mark highlighted by Bucknell and Holy Cross victories on the road.

Bucknell (3-2) moved over .500 for the first time since the 2008-09 season with a 72-64 win at Morgan State Sunday afternoon. Shelby Romine led three Bison in double figures with 14 points, while Alyssa Dunn and Felicia Mgbada each pitched in 13. The Bison opened the game on a 9-0 run and led for most of the first half before Morgan State took a one-point lead at the half. Bucknell built the lead back to seven in the first five minutes after the break, but the Bears cut the advantage to two with three minutes remaining. Bucknell went on a quick 6-0 spurt to regain control. The Bison outrebounded Morgan State 53-33 and shot nearly 44 percent from the field.

Alex Smith scored a season-high 20 points with six assists to lead all players as Holy Cross (2-3) snapped a three-game skid with a 63-59 win at Massachusetts. Down 56-48 with 4:22 to go on the clock, the Crusaders rallied back with a 9-0 run capped off by a layup by Brisje Malone. After the teams traded baskets, Smith drilled a 3 following a Malone steal to put the Crusaders up for good, 60-58. Christine Ganser added 14 points for Holy Cross, while Malone added 10 points and six assists.

Danielle Fiacco got back into a groove with 14 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks as Lafayette (2-4) ended its four-game losing streak with a convincing 64-45 victory over Wagner at Lehigh's Stabler Arena to close out the Thanksgiving Challenge with a 1-1 mark. Brya Freeland scored a game-high 16 points for the Leopards, and Emily Homan narrowly missed a double-double with 12 points, nine rebounds and a pair of rejections. The Leopards overcame a 2-of-19 showing on 3-pointers, while they shot 19 of 39 on the remainder of their attempts.

Lindsay Hoskins scored 10 points with seven rebounds, and Kerry Kinek pitched in nine points and nine boards, but Lehigh (2-3) fell 55-50 in double overtime to Monmouth in the Thanksgiving Challenge. The Mountain Hawks led 20-15 at halftime, but converted on just 3 of their 22 field goal attempts in the second half, while the Hawks went 10 of 25 in the same period. Lehigh had opportunities twice at the buzzer, but Katie O'Reilly couldn't sink a layup at the end of regulation, and Marybeth Egan's jumper at the end of the first overtime would not fall. Monmouth scored the first five points of the second overtime, while Lehigh's first field goal didn't come until 3:59 into the period.

There's just one game on Monday's schedule, as Navy continues its strip out west with a 9 p.m. tip at academy rival Air Force.

Bucknell 72, at Morgan State 64

Holy Cross 63, at Massachusetts 59

Lafayette 64, Wagner 45

Monmouth 55, at Lehigh 50 (2OT)